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How To Decoupage A Desk

Use whimsical wrapping paper as decoupage material to jazz up an old desk.

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jazz up old desk with decoupage
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Prime desk

Apply a coat of latex primer to the desk and allow to dry. Mask off areas to be decoupaged. Paint the unmasked areas, such as trim, with a latex paint that will coordinate with the paper to be decoupaged.

Step 2: Paint to match decoupage

Mask the edges of the top of the desk, and paint the top a color to match the background of the decoupage papers. Cut out random images from the paper and when the paint is dry, position them as desired on the desktop. Coat both sides of the paper with wallpaper paste, reposition them on the desk top, smooth in place, and allow to dry.

Step 3: Add decoupage

To add sheets of decoupage to the drawer fronts, first measure the length and width of the surface, and cut the paper to size with a craft knife. Coat both sides of the paper with wallpaper paste, and position the paper on the drawer front. Gently smooth the paper in place with a sponge, starting at the center of the drawer and working toward the edges. When the paper is dry, use a craft knife and straightedge to trim away any excess paper.

Step 4: Apply polyurethane

Protect the decoupaged surface of the desk with two or three coats of acrylic polyurethane, allowing the surface to dry between coats.

protect surface with coats of acrylic polyurethane